• Liz Baker

How on earth did I get here???

How on Earth Did I Get Here?Have you ever found yourself in a certain situation and thought “How on earth did I get here???” My guess is that I am not the only one...I will never forget the day I found myself in a small village in Ukraine... it was the dead of winter and I was walking in a Russian Orthodox funeral procession…huh? It was definitely one of those moments!  I was a 22 year old missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and hadn’t really experienced many things up to that point in my life. So when my companion and I got placed in front of professional wailers for the mile long walk to the cemetery. The wailers were not happy to see two foreigners marching in front of them and I don’t think they realized we understood every insult they were throwing our way. I was so cold and feeling a little lost, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “How on earth did I get here??”  

Fast forward almost 15 years later and I am standing in a U haul, unpacking for the 13th time in 10 years, in 102 degree weather, sweating profusely, yelling at my 3 older kids to get out of the way, hoping that my 2 younger kids will take really long naps, and thinking to myself, yet again -  “how on earth did I get here??” 

Just last weekend at Zyia Summit 2019, I was sitting in the Marriott Center Downtown Salt Lake City listening to some of the most inspirational speakers around and I could help thinking to myself the exact same question! 

There are going to be times in your life where you will think this to yourself and you are not going to know the answer, and that is okay!!  I think what is more important to ask yourself is “Why am I here??” Life becomes much more enjoyable when you know your why!! I found myself standing in a Ukrainian funeral procession because I wanted to support a sister in our congregation who just lost her father and I wanted to let her know she wasn’t alone - We were unpacking for the 13th time because we wanted to make sure our kids have the best life we can give them - I was sitting at the Marriott Center because I wanted to be inspired and be a part of the Zyia community! So next time you find yourself saying ‘ How on earth did I get her?’ stop and answer the question ‘Why?’ instead. If you like the answer to that question then continue on. If you don’t like the answer, I suggest getting the heck out of there before professional wailers start beating you with the branches they are waving around!



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